BWplayer removal instructions
What is BWplayer?
BWplayer is promoted as a tool that supposedly delivers 'useful' features and functions. In fact, it is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and an adware-type program. Apps of this type usually display advertisements and sometimes also record user-system information.
Typically, adware-type apps serve online ads such as pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, and so on. Being forced to see these ads can be annoying, especially since they conceal underlying content of opened websites. When clicked, they often redirect to dubious, potentially malicious websites or execute scripts that download and install unwanted software. Some installed PUAs might also collect targeted information such as geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, and other data of this kind. PUAs also record personal details. Developers use these apps not only gather information, but also share it with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To avoid privacy issues or problems relating to browsing safety, uninstall adware-type and other unwanted apps immediately.
|Name||BWplayer potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.|
|Detection Names||Ad-Aware (Trojan.GenericKD.40640729), Emsisoft (Trojan.GenericKD.40640729 (B)), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.40640729), McAfee (Artemis!0DDA73D11533), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Adware apps with similar behavior to BWplayer include PowerGamesNetwork, AdsRemoved - AdBlocker & PopUp Blocker, and MyPersonalPDF. There are many others. Typically, these apps are presented as legitimate, however, most provide no real value. On the contrary, they cause a number of serious problems.
How did BWplayer install on my computer?
Adware-type and other PUAs can be downloaded from their websites, however, people mostly install them unintentionally when they click intrusive ads that download and install unwanted apps or when they improperly download and install software. Developers often attempt to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They include unwanted apps into set-ups of other (usually free) software. They hide the details in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings. Furthermore, many users download and install software without checking available settings and options. In this way, they unintentionally grant permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use trustworthy sources (official websites) to download software and avoid using third party software downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks and other channels of this kind. Install software with care. Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other download or installation settings - deselect offers to install, download unwanted apps. Additionally, ensure that there are no checkboxes ticked by default. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, since, once clicked, they often redirect users to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you expeirence unwanted redirects or intrusive ads, check installed plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions on your browser, and programs on your computer. Uninstall all suspicious/unknown entries (applications or programs) immediately. If your computer is already infected with BWplayer, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of BWplayer executable file identified as a threat on the VirusTotal website:
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- What is BWplayer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BWplayer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BWplayer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BWplayer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by BWplayer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove BWplayer extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
BWplayer adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "BWplayer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes BWplayer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove BWplayer adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, BWplayer did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bwplayer potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bwplayer potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with bwplayer potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bwplayer potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove bwplayer potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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